A CRICKET coach from Milton Keynes has been recognised nationally for his voluntary work with his local club.
Kevin Pitchowski of Wolverton Town Cricket Club scooped the ‘Chance to Shine’ supported by Brit Insurance award – recognising coaches who act as role models, inspire children to develop a love of the game, and engage with teachers to bring cricket into everyday school life.
The award judges were impressed by Kevin’s innovative thinking, coaching and engagement that has made the difference to the lives of many young sports participants, whilst developing confidence and changing their perceptions of cricket.
Kevin, who had previously won the regional accolade, was presented with the award by ITV weather presenter Lucy Verasamy at the star-studded Lord’s event. Also in attendance were England wicket-keeper Matt Prior and former England captain Alec Stewart, along with Charlotte Edwards and members of the England women’s team.
Kevin said: “I’m totally overwhelmed. I had no expectation of this whatsoever but I’m very pleased. I’m very committed to working with kids with special needs as my son has special needs, so I feel it’s something I want to invest in.
“I find the whole thing very rewarding. You go into the schools and the staff are so supportive and the kids are absolutely wonderful. I find it a fantastic experience and it is something I will do for as long as I can.”